Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Mary Bishop FCIP

Mary Bishop FCIP




What are your hopes for the future of the planning profession?
I hope that the planning profession continues to promote well-planned, diverse communities and that our efforts contribute to reducing global warming and its impacts. I hope that as a profession we strive to improve our knowledge, skills, and so that the practice of planning remains relevant to the communities we serve.
What are a few of your favourite places?
Aside from our humble cottage on a lake in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, most of my favourite places are in Newfoundland and Labrador where I have worked and travelled for the past 30 years. Small, coastal, rural towns like Trinity, Ferryland, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, and the rugged, windswept spectacular coastline are always go-to places for me.
Which person has most inspired your work in planning?
I remember as a planning student, travelling to Toronto to attend a conference and meeting Hans Blumenfeld, and learning about his role in the planning of the Toronto Subway system, which I found quite fascinating. Today, the planners that inspire me are those who can effect change to re-create spaces in cities that improve the lives of citizens. Canada really does have a great talent pool of imaginative and creative planners.
Anything else we should know about you?
I’ve discovered that I love working with wool and have taken up rug hooking, needle felting, and making quilts out of old wool blankets and sweaters.